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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 2015-12-15, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Shaw Freerange For Apple & Android

This will be the official 'Freerange' thread for discussion.

You can find downloads on both Apple and Android stores. Search for Freerange. All you need is a Shaw account or email and you are set to go after installing on your favourite device.

I'm brand new to this new 'service' so I'm just working though it as I can get time. Feel free to post what you think about it, good and bad.

I already have a complaint and that is Season 4 of Homeland is still missing. Why put up S5 if you still don't have rights to S4. Fail. Also, I don't see any real use for this for me but I suppose somebody will like it.

Until I can view recordings from my PVR (Gateway in my case), this is just another streaming service with the small added advantage that you can download a few shows, maybe. My iPad mini is the 64gig version so I now need to see how much I can get on there. Next, I need to figure out what I might want to watch while traveling and then hope I have time to download it before being out of internet range. The list never ends with me, does it?

Sorry but I am hyper critical. Let's see how many people find it useful and can put a positive spin on it.

Oh, and I would have called it 'TVtoGo' but maybe that name was already taken.

If you can then do rather than not. You're your own worst enemy. They're parking their car over there.

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Live streaming works even on a rooted phone, but I have a feeling On Demand doesn't. I get an error when selecting any of the on demand options.

(that doesn't surprise me - much like Shomi won't work on rooted devices, it's just something to note)

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yeah on demand is also giving me error messages when I try and use them on my rooted tablet
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My Note4 isn't rooted nor is my iPad unlocked, or whatever that's called, and all I can get is some basic streaming. None of the menus will fill in and I do get error messages on the phone but not on the iPad. It seems there are issues in the system.

I have a list of items that are seemingly all 'fails' but I'll wait until I can actually confirm them when it at least works better.

Have fun playing with what little is working so far. I'm off for the night.

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Good morning. Something that has been pointed out to me is this is not an 'Official' launch of the service but rather a 'friends and family' type thing. They know it has issues but this is a 'non-trial trial'(my words)... go figure.

I had a hiccup this morning but still playing with it to see if it was finger trouble on my end or with the app.

It turns out there is very little 'portable' content at this time. It looks like only kids programming is downloadable, presumably all content from Corus, Shaw's wholly owned source. Not very impressive but this is still in 'trial' mode so I will try my best not to rag on them for this.

Anybody else having time to explore this?

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Shaw started thread about in on their forum, but no announcement anywhere that I can find.

https://community.shaw.ca/thread/33869
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Full FAQ is posted here: https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-6216
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I asked what the icon is supposed to be over at the Shaw Community forum and it is apparently supposed to be like a 'weather vane'. Looks more like a chicken pirate flag but whatever.

Downloadable content is supposed to increase in time but who knows how long that might take.

Something I was hoping for was at least a small 'buffer' like my PVR so I could rewind 'live' shows like news for when I don't quite catch things. With my medical condition affecting my brain, I often find myself skipping back one or two 7 second periods with my Gateway(drives my other half crazy) and this is at least possible with the VOD content but there is no buffer for streaming content. No idea if that is something they plan to add or not.

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Not that it really matters for me seeing I no longer subscribe to TV but I can't even find it in Google Play.

*shrug*
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...erangetv&hl=en

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Well.....WTH??? I even tried "Shaw FreeRange TV" and this was (and is the current) result:

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We couldn't find anything for your search - Shaw FreeRange TV.
Suggestions:

Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
Try different keywords.
Try more general keywords.
What makes you folks so special? /facetiousness

Thanks for the link.
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Really GamerGuy? I see it as the very first app in the list from the link in your post.

Now I can see the 'weathervane' thing too. I didn't notice it last night when I downloaded and started playing with it.

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Yup.

The first listing for me in that link is "Free-Range Kids" then "Free Range English" to the right of that. Nowhere do I see a Shaw logo nor a "chicken pirate flag". Lol

Quite odd this.
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I'm not the target audience since I'm not all that interested in streaming on the go. Maybe the kids will like to download some shows for viewing on the road.

What does interest me though is that this seems like a significant break from the locked in STB model of cable delivery. If they can provide this service to Apple and Android devices through internet, could it be possible to provide cable service to non-Shaw smart devices through normal coax (i.e. smart TVs, media players, etc.)? That would be something interesting. I would love to see a time when we can subscribe to whichever TV provider we wanted (Shaw, Telus, anybody) and just hook up coax, twisted pair, whatever to our own smart device and not be tied buying/renting a STB that doesn't work the way we want it to. Perhaps I'm dreaming but the argument against this in the past has been about protecting content but it seems they have addressed that for internet streaming.
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After reading through some of the info in the link Shaw Champ provided, it talks about doing away with channel numbers and having to remember where different show are by putting it all into one service. I never did have much success with the different 'Go' apps and always have trouble figuring out which Canadian channel is carrying what network shows from the States. This really helps but I'm not going to watch on my iPad or phone when I have a 55" HDTV and surround sound at home.

Still, I could see it being handy if I could access my favourite shows and download so I can watch while I am away. That much doesn't seem to be very handy yet either but hopefully that gets better with time.

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